If you had the opportunity to share your thoughts about education, what would say? What resonates with you? Now that you may (or may not) have answered those questions, the next question is, Where do you go to make your voice heard? Who will listen? We need to go to the individuals that can affect change state wide, Senator Hedlund, Representative Bradley, Representative DeCoste, Representative Cantwell, and Representative Murphy.
The 2015-2016 MTA legislative agenda grows from a broad and deep vision that includes supporting the public schools that every child deserves, strengthening educators’ voices and protecting their right to speak, and safeguarding the well-being of children, educators, families and our communities. The issues we address in our agenda and the vision it rests upon will help to guide not only our legislative work but also our organizing efforts. Here is a brief look at our 2015-16 Legislative Agenda. After each item you will see the legislators in our area that have signed on to be a co-sponsor. Please come and meet with the legislators in our area to let them know why we need them to support this agenda. This is your chance to talk to them, tell them how things are going and to ask them to support us by helping to pass the issues on the legislative agenda.
Monday, March 23rd at 4:00 p.m. with Senator Hedlund at the Marshfield High School Library (167 Forest St. Marshfield)
Thursday, March 26th at 3:45 p.m. with Representative Bradley at the Sons of Italy in Hingham (366 Main St. Hingham)
Friday, March 27th – Representative DeCoste–Norwell High School (location tentative – awaiting confirmation) 4 p.m.
Monday, March 30th at 4:00 p.m. with Representative Cantwell at the Marshfield High School (167 Forest St. Marshfield)
Tuesday, March 31st – Representative Cutler – His Pembroke office on Washington St at 4 p.m.
It is not simply about your voice, it is about being physically present. Visibility encourages our law makers to advocate for the rights of students and educators.
MTA Board of Directors
If you are administering the PARCC test, you are being asked to sign a "security agreement." Please read it fully. Later this evening, I will send out another email detailing the gravity of this agreement.
I want to thank everyone who came out today to voice their concerns and bring their questions forward. Thank you to all the members who asked questions. It certainly is not easy to speak in front of a large group. I hope everyone felt as if their questions were honored and respected. We may not all agree or like the answer, but the ratification was your opportunity to share you voice.
The Snow Day MOA was voted in favor. It was accepted by the membership as written. I called Dr. Salim as I left Chapman to share the results and will present the document to him tomorrow. From there it will be signed by School Committee. I wanted to be sure I was fulfilling my job responsibilities in a procedurally correct manner. Thank you for your patience.
For the members who shared their concerns about the SATs, again I voiced these to Dr. Salim. He said that he is continuing to work with the state and administration. He and I will continue to meet to develop a plan to meet the students' needs. Dr. Salim and I will also review the results of the waiver.
The five drafts of the MO, three weeks of negotiations, two emergency meetings with the Executive Board, emails with valuable insights from the membership and an unprecedented winter did more than simply ratify a contract. It united the membership.
If you know of a member who is not receiving Union emails, please feel free to forward this email. I will add new names to the Icontact list later this week.
Thank you to everyone who has been checking the Weebly site for the Snow Day MOA. Unfortunately, I am unable to post it tonight. I has undergone two more revisions since Friday night. The goal is to create the most comprehensive document possible that will best serve the needs of the Association. I will keep you posted.
However, I can tell you the ratification meeting will be held at Chapman School at 3:45 on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Thank you for your patience. It is sincerely appreciated.
Thank you Joyce McDonough for sharing the auditorium!
President - WEA